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Mathilde Lavenne

Mathilde Lavenne

Artefact #o / Digital Necrophony


Is there a digital afterlife? And if there is, what messages might it send us, and in what form? What would be the connection between nature, matter and the world of shared data that we are in the process of creating? Artefact #0 Digital Necrophony is a digital sound installation which partakes of archaeological research into the medium, involving communication and basic metaphysical questioning related to the scientific instrument. The installation is inspired by Edison’s cylinder gramophone. It reproduces that instrument’s form while transforming its workings in the effort to capture messages from another dimension via waves and vibrations. The ensemble offers a critical look at the way the digital era has revolutionised our relation to matter and to nature. This is sublimated and reflected by a black marble monolith which is isolated and studied as if it were a sarcophagus – something strange, enigmatic and mortuary.

L’IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, EDM - Européenne du Marbre Paris, Ramy Fischler, Christophe Gregório, Jacky Lautem, Elodie Wattiaux, Cyprien Quairiat, Guillaume Libersat, Eric Prigent, Daniel Cabanzo, Cédric Flazinski, Lucie Baratte, Geoffrey Sebille, Alain Lebéon, Guillaume Gravina, Fabien Zocco, Cyril Teste, Daniel Dobbels, Lina Qi, Robin Labriaud, Junkai Chen, Mathias Isouard, Victor Vaysse, Noé Grenier, Baptiste Le roi, Le Fabricarium, Antoine Mormede, Pascale Pronnier, Aurélie Brouet, Etienne Landon, Quentin Lecocq

After initially focusing her artistic practice on drawing, in 2011 she directed her approach more towards new technology and digital tools with the directing of animation film and interactive installations. In the same way as archaeology draws as much on Earth science as the Natural and Social sciences, Mathilde Lavenne approaches the notion of journey in terms of excavation, matter and error. Whatever the medium, she questions the turmoil that stirs us to descend the strata of the earth to discover our individual history.
After a Master's degree in Arts and Culture, she obtained a DNSEP with distinction from the School of Fine Arts in Tourcoing and a Post-graduate diploma from the Decorative arts school in Strasbourg.
She was awarded the Pierre Schaeffer 'brouillon d'un rêve' prize in 2014. Her works have been shown in major exhibitions and numerous festivals such as the Salon de Montrouge, the Tampere Film festival in Finland, the Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg in Germany, at the Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine de la Ville de Paris, etc. In October 2014 she joined the Alain Resnais class of Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains in Tourcoing.